I’m a young man, but sometimes I feel old when it comes to military matters. For instance, I find myself already resistant to technology when it comes to war.
I’ve always thought we spend far too much on ideas that usually don’t pay off. So, I’m a bit torn on the following two items.
First, there’s news that the Army wants to develop a drone that weighs less than five pounds (so it can be carried in a pack), can be launched by hand, and can fly six miles and kill a target. (Story here.)
As an old infantryman from the ’90s, when most M-16s didn’t even have scopes, it’s hard for me to imagine launching a small toy plane and killing another man six miles away. And yet, if you were the man six miles away, how do you counter or defend against a bunch of small planes flying at you out of nowhere?
Second, there’s this bad boy. Brilliant and close to being effective already.
It’s not that these two weapons won’t prove valuable. It’s just I was trained in the old way, where you had to be able to carry your gear excruciating distances (like 18 miles, though on paper that distance was supposed to be 25 miles).
And you were supposed to be able to drill the shit out of a man with a rifle with iron sites at roughly 500 meters.
These tasks were no joke and took months and months of training, and you were damn proud of being able to achieve them. (And by God, let’s be honest… The women loved that shit and the guys who hated your ass usually got thrown across the bar.)
Now, we’re talking about having a machine carry your gear and then you toss a couple drones up in the air while you check your Facebook. (Okay, slight exaggeration, but not by much.)
I guess the days of having real war stories to tell are quickly coming to an end.
Hat tip on both items to Wired.com.
Keep the faith,
Stan R. Mitchell
Oak Ridge, Tenn.
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